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Wednesday, March 25,2015

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
The Real McKenzies at the Avenue Cafe, Wednesday, April 1 Since 1992, the Real McKenzies have been banging out high-energy Celtic punk from their home base of Vancouver, British Columbia. The Fat Wreck Chords-signed outfit has released nine hard-folk LPs and shared stages with Ranci...
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Wednesday, March 25,2015

New in town

by Allan I. Ross
Last month I told you about Henry’s on the Square, a new specialty goods market on downtown Lansing’s South Washington Square that was designed to slowly incorporate elements of restaurant, bar and nightclub into its identity. Evolution seems to be a theme on that street &mdash...
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Wednesday, March 25,2015

Mythical journey

Bradon Badeau’s art uses mythology to tap into the universal

by Jonathan Griffith
Mythologist, writer and lecturer Joseph Campbell spent a fair amount of time convincing people of the timeless qualities found in myths and what our interpretations of their meaning can mean to us. He described an archetype, referred to as the Monomyth, that sees all mythic narratives as variations of one great story. He came to this conclusion based on the observation that there is a striking similarity of thematic elements found in the narratives of myths, regardless of their origin or time of creation.
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Wednesday, March 25,2015

Lazy Sunday

Lansing galleries eying Friday nights to lure new patrons

by Ty Forquer
With some galleries noting flagging attendance and an aging crowd for First Sunday Gallery Walk, a movement has begun to create a new event to reinvigorate Lansing’s gallery scene. The idea, spearheaded by the Arts Council of Greater Lansing, is to create a monthly, neighborhood-based Friday evening art event. This event, tentatively called Art Walk, would engage local galleries, but also seek to involve local businesses and restaurants.
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Wednesday, March 25,2015

In memoriam

by Ty Forquer
Harry Thomas, 69, who went simply by “D.,” died Saturday. Thomas wore many hats throughout his career, including dancer, choreographer, theater manager and chef. The latter occupation brought him to the Lansing area when he accepted a job at Nickerson Farms (now known as Fowlerville Farms).
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Wednesday, March 25,2015

Green report: How sweet it is

The Sweet Leaf takes a farmers market approach to its dispensary

by Steve Green
In August, Flint’s City Council voted to approve an ordinance regulating dispensaries. As I approached the Sweet Leaf’s location on Dort Highway, I could already see the positive impact. It was easy to notice a large sign with the words “The Sweet Leaf” and a pict...
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Tuesday, March 24,2015

Cold War kids

‘Chess’ at Wharton Center taps into local talent

by Ty Forquer
TUESDAY, MARCH 24 — Local musicians and actors will have the opportunity to perform alongside some of New York’s top talent when “Chess” comes to Wharton Center this weekend.
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Tuesday, March 24,2015

Back for more

BackStage Pass announces sixth season lineup

by Ariel Rogers
TUESDAY, MARCH 24 — BackStage Pass returned to WKAR last week for its sixth season. The award winning, Michigan-made music showcase kicked off with Harper and Midwest Kind’s live performance at last year’s BluesFest in Old Town.
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Monday, March 23,2015

Sounds of silence

Mummenschanz brings unique stage show to Wharton Center

by Ty Forquer
MONDAY, MARCH 23—The performers of Mummenschanz may not say a word, but don’t expect white face paint, striped shirts or invisible box routines when they take the stage at Wharton Center Wednesday. For over 40 years, Mummenschanz has pushed the limits of mime as an art form. Calling themselves the “musicians of silence,” the troupe has crisscrossed the world with their ever-evolving stage show. Floriana Frassetto, the troupe’s artistic director and co-founder, is amazed by the journey the show has taken her on.
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Wednesday, March 18,2015

Curtain call: Love for sale

‘The Garage Sale’ uses silly toys to deliver a serious message

by Tom Helma
We do not immediately think of a garage sale as a metaphor for the loss of love or the chance to find love a second time around. There may be many times in life when we experience rejection, get tossed aside unceremoniously or see someone we once loved walking away, but nothing is as terrible as feeling like a Raggedy Ann doll covered with peanut butter and tossed into the mud. Starlight Dinner Theatre’s “The Garage Sale,” written by local theater icon Jane Shipley Zussman, uses Rag Baby (a take on Raggedy Ann) and Tuxedo Teddy to tell stories of real-life loss and the strength people find to rise up from the depths of despair to love once again.
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